New groundwater world a scary, confusing place

April 1, 2019
by Lois Henry
Lois Henry

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The county continued its pattern on Tuesday of declaring itself a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) over the exact boundaries previously declared a GSA by water agencies.

To date, the Kern Board of Supervisors has “filed over” five nascent GSAs, creating a lot of grumbling and ill will along the way. (I’ll get back to that.)

What’s it all mean to you?

That’s a toughy.

But let me try to explain it through a unique perspective — mine.

Not me as a reporter/columnist.

Me as president of the tiny Brock Mutual Water Company, which relies on groundwater to sustain about 150 homes.

I’ve been covering the issue of groundwater and the fallout from the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) for years now.

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